I just love God's sense of humour - or convicting timing if you will.
I used to be a vocal Egalitarian - obnoxiously so, if I know myself at all. But, over time, I came to see the cracks in the case. The few prooftexts/proofwords can't stand up to the Big Story. You will read more about this eventually, if you stick with me. For now it's enough to know I dwelt in that dark valley for a number of years.
I no longer dwell there. Because of that and because I seem to have had an unfortunate sense of timing in pressing the issue of our disagreement with a former (Egalitarian) friend - we seem to have had a break in that relationship, which is why I say, "former". It's a bit difficult to put any other spin on things when you receive an email entitled, "Last Word", isn't it?
I only have two things to say in response. The first is - a mere fact of disagreement is no sure indication that someone hasn't listened to or understood your arguments. Sometimes they have understood, apprehended, comprehended, taken them as their own and run with them so enthusiastically they considered moving halfway across the country and taking up full time work for The Cause (it can be any cause, really). But then you see a tear here, a rip there and then the curtain falls away entirely and you see that you have deceived yourself all along. Oh, you understood all right, but you wouldn't let yourself see the little man behind the curtain, working the levers so feverishly every time a new objection popped up. So, old friend, your criticism fails to find a mark because it is possible to understand something and still reject it.
The second thing is far more important because it is wiser than anything I have said here. This is a post by Steve Hutchens over at MereComments. Read it, think about it, let it soak in. For me it was a timely reminder not to blame or wallow over past errors. I pray it finds you *before* it becomes all too necessary.